Firstly let me say that I sympathise with those who have lost loved ones due to motor vehicle accidents and they have my condolences. What I have a problem with is the amount of rhetoric and political bullshit about the "road toll" for what is a small number of deaths compared to other issues that affect society. Here are some examples... There were 2,101 deaths from suicide registered in 2005, similar to the number registered in the previous year (2,09. Nearly 80% of these were deaths of males. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/3309.0/ Over 2000 deaths!, when was the last time the government poured millions upon millions of dollars into this issue? 5% of all deaths (approximately 19,000 deaths) were due to tobacco smoking in 1998. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/4831.0.55.001?OpenDocument 19,000 deaths...and the government are making money on it, what a caring sharing bunch * Alcohol is the second largest cause of drug-related deaths and hospitalisations in Australia (after tobacco) (AIHW, 2005a). * Alcohol is the main cause of deaths on Australian roads. In 1998, over 2,000 deaths of the total 7,000 deaths of persons under 65 years, were related to alcohol (Ridolfo and Stevenson, 199. * In 2004, the age standardised rate for male deaths due to alcoholic liver disease as the underlying cause was 5.5 per 100,000, compared with 1.5 per 100,000 for females (ABS 2006b). * In 2004, the age standardised rate for male deaths with mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol as the underlying cause was 1.9 per 100,000, compared with 0.4 per 100,000 for females (ABS 2006b). http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/4832.0.55.001/ and yet again another legal drug that kills thousands but the government make alot of money off of...hmm I'm spotting a pattern here # n 2004, there were 569 deaths of children aged 1-14 years. The death rate for children was 15 per 100,000 children (footnote (ABS 2006c). # Of the total deaths of children aged 1-14 years, 60% were male and 40% were female resulting in death rates of 18 per 100,000 boys and 13 per 100,000 girls, respectively (ABS 2006c). # The difference between death rates for boys and girls aged 1-14 years has been decreasing since the 1980s (AIHW 2005a). # The major causes of death in children were from external causes (36%), cancer (19%), and diseases of the nervous system (11%) (ABS 2006c). # External causes of death among children included traffic accidents (15% of total deaths) and accidental drowning (7% of total deaths) (ABS 2006c). # Assault accounted for 9% of childhood deaths between 1999 and 2003 (128 childhood deaths). Of these deaths, two thirds (65%) occurred for children aged under five years (ABS 2005a). http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/4829.0.55.001/ deaths of children...hmm when was the last time I saw any TV ad's about that?...when did the government department that looks after these issues sponsor Collingwood? Now admittedly some of those statistics are a few years old but they are still valid... Why don't we concentrate on something other than the "road toll" for a change, driving a vehicle is never going to be risk free, there will never be 0 road deaths, the fact that there are more cars on the road, more k's travelled, even more stringent enforcement and yet the level remains static means that perhaps different methods are needed. "Road Safety" used to mean something before it was hijacked by those with a vested interest, the camera makers and operators, the government funded researchers, the vocal dickheads like Harold Scruby...I would love to know EXACTLY how much money is spent on studies, focus groups, TAC advertising and enforcement to save what really are in the grand scheme of things a low number of lives. There are many other tragic deaths that get little to no attention...perhaps there is limited opportunity for political grandstanding in these other issues?